Money may be tight but that doesn’t mean you can’t work on yourself and enjoying the FireLife even more.
I have multiple free resources you can join at any time.
Facebook Group for FireWives Only – We aren’t your usual group. I know when I started it in 2013 it was the only group that is for wives only. We’re active 24/7 and full of women that aren’t into hero worshiping. We love our firefighters, but we’re there to chat, get feedback, cheer, rant and make it through our regular day with a bit of our sanity.
30 Days to a Happier YOU – I created this 30 day challenge with the intent to charge for it. But then I felt I needed to share it with as many FireWives as possible. I hope you will take the challenge and let me know how it goes.
FireWife Entrepreneur – Free planner download for following up on emails. A little bit of biz info shared here and there. I also have a couple of free groups set up to market our business and to network with other owners.
Don’t Be A Whiny FireWife – One thing we love to help new community members combat is being that whiny FireWife. No one wants to be around that! Ebook is free to download and start evaluating if you may be a bit whiny. We have all been there at times!
Besides the resources I offer, here are a few more that can be very helpful to all of us and especially in emergency situations. Every company I’ve come in contact with is there for the families to talk to. Please reach out!
Mental Health & Addiction
Suicide Prevention Lifeline – If there is any doubt or any worries, please call them asap. Never wait. They are there to take your call 24/7.
SafeCallNow.org – Bottling up issues is common in Emergency Services. Safe Call Now is here to help. Our firefighters can call them for support AND you can call them if you feel there is something that you need help with. It is for all first responders and their families to get help.
IAFF Recovery Center – This is for union members. There are 7 confidential treatment centers across the US for multiple issues.
1033 Foundation – Classes for firefighters and families for prevention, intervention and post-vention. They also have crisis line you can call.
Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance – Workshops, a self-assessment quiz, resources and a suicide reporting option.
First Responder Support Network – The mission of the First Responder Support Network (FRSN) is to provide educational treatment programs to promote recovery from stress and critical incidents experienced by first responders and their families. Again, this organization has a program for spouses. Don’t deal with issues alone.
Next Rung – It all starts with Peer Support. Evaluations will be done from there to find out what the best resources are for your personal health.
The Recovery Village – these are in-person recovery centers nationwide. They work with the IAFF Recovery Center and take most major insurances. Specializing in addictions as well as why the addictions may have started, such as PTSD.
For3Sisters.com – This an awesome resource for women and families battling breast cancer. If you or someone you know is going through it, please pass the site link. They are there to talk and help you find resources you need.
Asbestos.com – This website has treatment options and a lot of information about asbestos which is something all our firefighters come in contact with. They recently created an in-depth guide just for firefighters. It details their extreme risk of asbestos exposure, what they can do to avoid exposure, and what are their next steps if they have been affected.
Asbestos Trust Fund – Firemen frequently put themselves in danger, not only from fire but also from exposure to many other job-related hazards including asbestos. Firefighters get exposed to asbestos fibers when entering a burning structure; even with the new self contained breathing apparatus they are still at risk. Mesothelioma Fund helps firefighters and their families get assistance with medical and treatment costs.
Further Help for FireFamilies
Good Neighbor Next Door Program – This program has been created for teachers and first responders to make an extremely low purchase of a home. This home needs to be your primary residence and will need rehab work. The program was created to help revitalize neighborhoods. Some of the deals are amazing.